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Green Banana Cockroach

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Green Banana Cockroach


Green Banana Cockroach (Panchlora nivea) is a small species of cockroach that is found in Cuba and the Caribbean, and along the gulf coast from Florida to Texas and has been observed as far north as Charleston, South Carolina. It is also called the Cuban cockroach


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Green Banana Cockroach

Adults are about 1 inch long and distinctively pale green in color. Nymphs are dark brown. The Green banana cockroach is an outdoor tropical species found in the coastal areas of Alabama. Adults live on plant leaves and nymphs live in leaf litter and debris. They particularly are attracted to lights. Green banana cockroaches are also commonly brought indoors on bananas.


The Green banana cockroach is about 3/4" long as an adult. Males and females are pale-green, whereas the nymphs are dark-brown, pale green, with long antennae and fully developed wings. It is an outdoors, tropical species that usually is not found north of Florida. Adults are attracted to light and are adept fliers.


It prefers subtropical or tropical climates and is currently not found beyond these areas. The females can grow up to 24 mm and the smaller males are 12 to 15 mm long. It is winged and a strong flier. They are light green in color with a yellow line running up the sides. The adults love to climb. The nymphs are brown or black in color and are burrowers. It is usually an outdoor species and is rarely found indoors and thus is not considered a pest. The adults can often be found in shrubbery, trees, and plants. The young can be found under logs and other debris. It is often attracted to bright lights and it is mainly a nocturnal species. It is often a popular pet roach due to its relatively


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Green Banana Cockroach


Life Cycle:The female cockroach produces up to eight purse-like egg cases at monthly intervals. The egg cases are thick walled and are 6 - 12 mm in length and may contain up to 30 eggs. The nymphs are similar in appearance to the adult but smaller.


As the nymph develops and grows it moults. This usually occurs 5-19 times during its development, which may take up to two years to complete until the insect reaches maturity. The life cycle is complete in a further four months for Oriental cockroaches and nine months for the German cockroach.


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Green Banana Cockroach


Damages: This is generally an outdoor species. It lives among piles of leaves, mulch, lumber piles, firewood piles,wood piles, decaying trees, palm trees and similar outdoor harborages. Flattened bodies that allow them to enter homes through cracks around loose-fitting doors and windows, and where electric lines or pipes pass through walls.


They are mainly active at night and hide in cracks and crevices during the day, preferring dark moist sites in attics and basements. Cockroaches eat almost anything including meats and grease, starchy foods, sweets, baked goods, leather, wallpaper paste, book bindings and sizing. Adults are capable of gliding flights.


Green Banana cockroach acitve at night and may be attracted to artificial light; does not breed indoors presumably for greenbananacockroach and on bananas in its native Cuba; two early records from Mississippi are considered to be adventive introductions along with shipments of bananas


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